Stars: Wilhelmenia Fernandez, FrÃ©dÃ©ric AndrÃ©i, Richard Bohringer, Thuy An Luu, Jacques Fabbri
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Runtime: 117 minutes
Modern noir meets high opera in the French suspense flick Diva. Delivery boy Jules has an opera obsession. He spends his small disposable income on sophisticated sound equipment and manages to bootleg a live performance of his favorite diva, Cynthia Hawkins (played by real-life opera singer Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez). But Jules is spotted making the recording by shady investors who want the tape. As if that weren't enough, a second cassette, filled with enough evidence to topple an international drug and prostitution ring, makes its way into Jules's mailbag. Writer-director Jean-Jacques Beineix does a terrific job of adapting Delacorta's pulpy novel for the screen, keeping all the excitement while adding a layer of depth. A movie to make even a dedicated opera hater appreciate a perfectly sung aria, Diva has enormous loft apartments, thugs galore, gorgeous visuals, and a corker of a chase scene. Watch it--and watch your back. --Ali Davis
Do you steal the dresses of all singers?
So, I'M the lucky one! I have a fan?
I heard you in Bordeaux. And last year I went to Munich specially for the concert.
You made the trip for me?
Yes, on the moped.
On the moped. So, you ARE a real fan.